Mad For Plaid

Mad For Plaid

It’s the start of the new work week, so I felt inclined to share a blog post that is centered around work wear. Specifically, a trend that works wonders in the fall/winter season, always provides a polish look, and never goes out of style… You guessed it– PLAID!

Types of plaid:

Descriptions taken from www.alexander-west.com

Tartan
Tartan plaid is the pattern that is most often found on Scottish kilts. This plaid consists of vertical and horizontal or diagonal stripes that cross each other to form different sized checks. This pattern is often done in a twill-weave and should only be used as a casual shirt.

Tattersall
Tatersall is a check pattern that consists of thin, regularly spaced stripes in alternating colors that are repeated both horizontally and vertically. The stripes that create the tatersall pattern often come in two different colors and are usually darker than the background color.

Windowpane Check
The stripes that cross to form windowpane checks are often thicker and farther apart than the pattern found in graph checks.

Gingham
Gingham usually comes in a checkered pattern and is distinguished by white and colored, even-sized checks. This pattern is formed by horizontal and vertical stripes (usually of the same color) that cross each other on a white background to form even checks.

Glen Plaid
Glen plaid, also known as the Prince of Wales check, is a pattern most commonly found in suits. It is woven in a twill pattern and consists of broken checks where a conglomerate of alternating dark stripes and light stripes cross each other to create a pattern of small and large checks. This pattern is usually done in a muted color with white.

I want to point out that there are so many different types plaids/checks– but these are a few of the main ones.

I have complied 3 outfits that you can rock from 9 to 5. Each outfit incorporates a different plaid piece– all of which are highly versatile, absolutely timeless, and creates the perfect look for the office.

Look #1: Little Plaid Shift Dress

How darling is this dress?! I came across this 60’s inspired plaid shift dress at H&M a month or so ago.

What I love most about this smart chic look, is how classic it is. Plaid is obviously a classic choice, but something about the cut of the dress, the sleeve detailing, and the neutral coloring makes this dress so timeless.

I think this dress would look fabulous with some black tights and booties or knee high boots. I also feel like adding a scarf would have been a great addition– maybe in a festive color like red.

To shop the exact dress I am wearing: Click here!

Look #2: Plaid Paper-bag Waist Pants

The pants I’ve been wearing on repeat! Snagged these last season from Shein for under $15!

This style has been popping up everywhere– which I love! The paper-bag waist gives these pants a bit more of a vintage feel. Also, I find the cut quite flattering. I really like tucking in my blouse or sweater, to really accentuate the tie.

I’ve worn these pants with basic blouses, pullover sweaters, long sleeve button downs, etc. and the result is always a polished look for the office.

I feel like plaid pants will never go out of style, because you can wear them in a variety of ways. They can spice up your outfit a bit, but still keep things classy– that’s what I love most.

To shop the exact pants I am wearing: Click here!

Look #3: Oversized Plaid Blazer

Cue, the blazer of my dreams! This one is a thrift store find and man, was it a good one.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know my love story with this particular piece. But for those of you who don’t know, I find this vintage Ralph Lauren blazer for $11.99, originally priced at over $300 at the thrift store. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it on the racks, especially once I saw the tag. I have been searching for an oversized blazer like this for 2 years now. The fact that I came across the beauty for only a couple of bucks, is honestly ridiculous– definitely my best thrift store find to date!

I haven’t had too many chances to wear my blazer yet, but no doubt I will be rocking in on many, many occasions. Blazers are a favorite of mine. I love how they add a bit of masculinity to any outfit, definitely give off a professional vibe, and come in so many different colors, textures, and prints.

I do think this blazer with a pair of dark wash jeans and a cream sweater or turtleneck would look quite nice. In addition, I feel like just a simple black maxi dress with this blazer would look chic– for a bit of a more causal look.

Obviously, since this blazer is vintage and thrifted I cannot link it. However, I did find this one from Zara that I thought was very similar. Shop it here!

There you have it! Ironically enough, each of these looks showcased the glen check plaid style (must be a favorite of mine). What do you think of the plaid trend? Are you rocking it this season and for future ones to come? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers & stay chic!
-Taylor

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